I have discussed hair transplants on this blog many times in the past. Modern day hair restoration procedures usually provide very satisfying results when performed by reputable accredited hair transplant surgeons. Major skin related permanent side effects or severe health problems during and after a hair transplant procedure are becoming a rarity.
However, even the best surgeons out there will have some bad results due to unforeseen circumstances or, in rare cases, the surgeon or assisting technician having a bad day. Nevertheless, this risk is much smaller in countries such as the US where official accreditation is indicative of at least a minimum level of competency.
On the other hand, if you get a hair transplant abroad in order to save money, you will need do be very careful in selecting your surgeon. You want to make sure the surgeon is accredited by the non-profit ISHRS, is locally board certified, has decent online reviews and allows you to meet a few of his or her past patients.
Earlier today, this issue was brought forward front and center into my mind after Pakistan based actor Sajid Hasan posted a graphic video online about his botched hair transplant gone wrong. It seems like the person who did this procedure several weeks ago might have been a medical doctor or general surgeon, and not even an official hair transplant surgeon.
Besides having persistent health related side effects, Mr. Hasan’s scalp currently looks like something that was worked upon by a butcher: